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  1. #9821
    Quote Originally Posted by ricks68 View Post
    Had a Beerwine at ABC yesterday. Still as good as it was last week and the week before.😊

    ricks
    Sitting at APBC currently, sipping a forgotten favorite. Red Light pale ale. Very smooth drinking, one of the first "house beers" here, and rarely on tap anymore. Pretty tane by Asheville hop standards, but crispy for a summer afternoon.

    Never bottled, never canned, only available in house. Recommended, if only for the historical context. It may predate the Shiva, if memory serves.

  2. #9822
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Asheville
    Quote Originally Posted by Mtn.Devil.91.92.01.10.15 View Post
    Sitting at APBC currently, sipping a forgotten favorite. Red Light pale ale. Very smooth drinking, one of the first "house beers" here, and rarely on tap anymore. Pretty tane by Asheville hop standards, but crispy for a summer afternoon.

    Never bottled, never canned, only available in house. Recommended, if only for the historical context. It may predate the Shiva, if memory serves.
    I will second this.
    "I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend."
    -Thomas Jefferson

  3. #9823
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Asheville
    Quote Originally Posted by Mtn.Devil.91.92.01.10.15 View Post
    Sitting at APBC currently, sipping a forgotten favorite. Red Light pale ale. Very smooth drinking, one of the first "house beers" here, and rarely on tap anymore. Pretty tane by Asheville hop standards, but crispy for a summer afternoon.

    Never bottled, never canned, only available in house. Recommended, if only for the historical context. It may predate the Shiva, if memory serves.
    I will have to try it on these hot AVL days then. Thanks for the update.

    ricks

  4. #9824
    Quote Originally Posted by ricks68 View Post
    I will have to try it on these hot AVL days then. Thanks for the update.

    ricks
    Just had the Beerwine at your recommendation. Pretty damn tasty. Not as tart as a "sour," but definitely more complex than the other APBC porter seasonals.

    Nice variety.

  5. #9825
    Raleigh Beer Garden kinda fun.

    Ultimately just a bar, and a bar with bad parking at that.

    Deep fried pretzels amazing.

  6. #9826
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Raleigh
    Quote Originally Posted by fuse View Post
    Raleigh Beer Garden kinda fun.

    Ultimately just a bar, and a bar with bad parking at that.

    Deep fried pretzels amazing.
    Wait, didn't you have some beer, too.

    One had kind of a cool, catchy name, IIRC.
    [redacted] them and the horses they rode in on.

  7. #9827
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Asheville
    Quote Originally Posted by Mtn.Devil.91.92.01.10.15 View Post
    Just had the Beerwine at your recommendation. Pretty damn tasty. Not as tart as a "sour," but definitely more complex than the other APBC porter seasonals.

    Nice variety.
    I think the sour cherries counterbalance the wine so the barrel aged sweetness is no longer dominant. They originally had it at 4 bucks, but just raised it to 5 on Thursday. It's almost gone, however. Now try the Boojum and let me know.

    ricks

  8. #9828
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Asheville
    Altamont Brewing in West AVL just sold to founder of Terrapin, which was recently bought by Miller/Coors. New name will be UpCountry. Looking forward to the upgrade, as Terrapin makes good beer.

    ricks

  9. #9829
    Quote Originally Posted by devildeac View Post
    Wait, didn't you have some beer, too.

    One had kind of a cool, catchy name, IIRC.
    Let's see...Trophy Darryl Strawberry Ale.
    As fruit beers go, this was disappointing.
    As a pale ale, maybe middle of the road.

  10. #9830
    Mother Earth Porch Pale Ale

    Was excited to try Porch.
    Like the Trophy one post above, I was disappointed.
    Not a bad beer, just not a memorable or outstanding beer.

  11. #9831
    Mother Earth Tripel Overhead

    Never had seen it on draft before.
    This one hit the spot and is a simply amazing beer.

  12. #9832
    Haw River Newlins Belgian Pale Ale

    Every Haw River beer I've ever had had been memorable.
    My only wish is their brewery was in Apex and not in Saxapahaw.

  13. #9833
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Winston’Salem
    Quote Originally Posted by fuse View Post
    Mother Earth Porch Pale Ale

    Was excited to try Porch.
    Like the Trophy one post above, I was disappointed.
    Not a bad beer, just not a memorable or outstanding beer.
    Agreed. Serviceable. Workmanlike.
    "Amazing what a minute can do."

  14. #9834
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Raleigh
    This week in beer:


    Farking Wheaton w00tstout (draft)-Stone Brewing

    The story-sort of:

    http://www.stonebrewing.com/beer/sto...#ageGatePassed

    The beer:


    Style: flavored, bourbon barrel-aged Russian imperial stout
    Appearance: almost pitch black
    Pour: 10W30
    Aroma: dark chocolate, dark caramel, espresso
    Mouthfeel: 10W30-this stuff is viscous
    Tastes: mirrored aromas with some licorice, black strap molasses and a bit of whiskey
    IBU: 65
    ABV: 13% (no typo)
    Cost: $6 for a full pint-most places won't pour a full pint of this heavyweight

    Idle chatter: After reading the description, I thought I might find nuances of orange flavors (from the wheat), a bit of nuttiness (D'oh!) from the pecans, some mustiness from the rye and a lot more bourbon. No disappointments, just the flavors didn't really match the labeling/my expectations, but I still found this to be an excellent sipper, especially the more it warmed during the 30-45 minutes I eventually decided not to buy any products from Crafty Beer Shop.

    There are a couple $10 bombers waiting to be delivered by ricks68 on one of his football journeys and I've got one I purchased that is cellaring now so it'll be interesting to taste the bottle versions after several (many?) months of aging.

    Tip of the snifter to ricks68 for notifying me of this beer's release last month and buying the couple mentioned above.
    [redacted] them and the horses they rode in on.

  15. #9835
    Quote Originally Posted by ricks68 View Post
    Altamont Brewing in West AVL just sold to founder of Terrapin, which was recently bought by Miller/Coors. New name will be UpCountry. Looking forward to the upgrade, as Terrapin makes good beer.

    ricks
    This bums me out - though not from a beer perspective. I went to school with Gordon, the owner of the Altamont, and really appreciated what he did with the place. It was a great spot for locals to gather, listen to good music, play ping-pong - and it was dog-friendly before being "dog-friendly" was a staple of Asheville.

    I also admired his willingness to experiment with his recipes on beer. Naturally, some experiments worked better than others, but it was never boring.

    I suspect that with the Terrapin owner coming in, the quality of beer will go up. I just hope that the atmosphere won't take too much of a left turn.

    RIP Altamont Brewing
    Repartee is something we think of twenty-four hours too late.

    - Twain

  16. #9836
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Raleigh
    Grapefruit IPA (draft)-White Street Brewing Company

    Drink local!

    Served from a beer truck 10 yards from the brewery last PM at a street festival on (wait for it) White Street in (not so quiet) downtown Wake Forest. It don't get much fresher than this, nor cheaper as the pint pour set me back $4. Hazy amber-orange in color with a citrusy-piney nose. There was a small, foamy head and I tasted more rind and pith than I did grapefruit juice considering the 5 pounds of puree they added per keg. Similar idea/concept to the Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin but in a different category as this is a session IPA with IBUs of 45 and ABV of 4.8%, that drinks more like a regular IPA and it's on extended release but only available on draft. It would have paired nicely (the forbidden open container "rule" they had prevented me from carrying this to the restaurant) with the giant cheesesteak I had 10 minutes later a few blocks away.
    [redacted] them and the horses they rode in on.

  17. #9837
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Raleigh
    Hoptimist (draft)-White Street Brewing Company

    More local!

    Another $4 pint at Friday Night on White Street in rockin' downtown Wake Forest.

    Appearance: clear orange-amber with a small, creamy head
    Nose: pine, resin and citrus
    Mouthfeel: slightly oily and moderately bitter
    Taste: Upfront herbal, piney/resin-y with some smoothness and sweetness of butterscotch and caramel and a citrus-y finish
    Malts: American 2-Row, Crystal, Vienna
    Hops: Citra, Centennial, Cascade, Bravo, Amarillo
    IBUs: 60
    ABV: 7.5% (whoa!)

    More bantering/blathering: The brewers thought grapefruit and mango, I thought more pine/resin. That many hop varieties make it a bit confusing on the mind and palate with scents and tastings to me. Solid offering but certainly not in the Ballast Point, DFH, Bells league with their flagship IPAs. It's a crowded, crowded field. I really wanted to try their limited release IPL (India Pale Lager with some experimental hops) which they had on tap inside the brewery but the very nice young beertender told me there'd be quite the line at the bar at 8 PM at night and was ready to draw me a pint that second from his beer truck so I succumbed to his charms and guile and handed over my last token (I only bought 2 anyway, 1 for before and 1 for after dinner ) for the quickie.
    [redacted] them and the horses they rode in on.

  18. #9838
    Quote Originally Posted by Mtn.Devil.91.92.01.10.15 View Post
    This bums me out - though not from a beer perspective. I went to school with Gordon, the owner of the Altamont, and really appreciated what he did with the place. It was a great spot for locals to gather, listen to good music, play ping-pong - and it was dog-friendly before being "dog-friendly" was a staple of Asheville.

    I also admired his willingness to experiment with his recipes on beer. Naturally, some experiments worked better than others, but it was never boring.

    I suspect that with the Terrapin owner coming in, the quality of beer will go up. I just hope that the atmosphere won't take too much of a left turn.

    RIP Altamont Brewing
    Following up on my own post... chatted with a few people in the know this morning, and the changes mostly sound good. Bringing in a chef from Bouchon for the restaurant, completing some renovations, and keeping most of the staff. Hopefully they can find a good balance between "upgrades" and keeping the comfortable atmosphere.
    Repartee is something we think of twenty-four hours too late.

    - Twain

  19. #9839
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Asheville
    Quote Originally Posted by Mtn.Devil.91.92.01.10.15 View Post
    Following up on my own post... chatted with a few people in the know this morning, and the changes mostly sound good. Bringing in a chef from Bouchon for the restaurant, completing some renovations, and keeping most of the staff. Hopefully they can find a good balance between "upgrades" and keeping the comfortable atmosphere.
    When I finally get to work all I do browse DBR

    Glad to hear that all of the proposed changes sound positive.
    "I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend."
    -Thomas Jefferson

  20. #9840

    Holy moly it's hot!!!!

    There's really nothing else worth doing BUT hide inside and drink beer today.
    Nothing incites bodily violence quicker than a Duke fan turning in your direction and saying 'scoreboard.'

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